I know exactly how you feel. I used to always be stressed about grades, after school stuff, and just about everything. But i found a way to get my schedule organized. I worked out a daily routine, and made sure to add an hour or two were i could just relax. Also don't be so hard on yourself about your grades. You sound like your doing just fine. Just remember make some free time for yourself.
Lol I usually relax for around 45 min if I come home at 'regular' time because of no clubs after school. I want to spend more of that time practicing piano, cuz I like to do that and I've been getting worse since I quit lessons because of school
And I just have this constant fear that everyone applying to university has 95%+ or something. I'm pretty much mindset on one uni (but still applying to some others for backup) and if I don't get in, it'll be heartbreaking.
Did you go through the same thing while you were in high school?
I'm still in high school now, and you shouldn't be worrying so much. You sound like your doing just fine, and I'm positive you'll get into your university. To me all it sounds like is that you have way to much on your plate. You just need to relax more. Have fun. Were supposed to enjoy our time at high school, so enjoy it. Put aside some of the little things and have fun with your friends.
True, I am too high-strung about homework, extracurriculars, grades, time, sleep, university, etc. I planned to stop going to my art tutor in December until holidays start, but I'm still behind on my monthly art project and I still have to study hard for physics (I need that grade for university, even though I'm not going into sciences), among many other things which are too big to put aside.
My friends are probably equally stressed, more stressed but hide it, or not stressed at all b/c they have a lighter workload or better time management. Sometimes, we go out to play badminton, but that would be the most social activity we have until the holidays. I really am trying to find fun and memories through all this hardship, but it's difficult for a plethora of reasons.
RiseofGreenBean; As some other people here have already said, I really believe that you're trying to do too many things at once, and that is your problem. You need time to breath, to think, to meditate, and to rejuvinate your inner self. There is a rule which is called (I think) the tragic exclusion. In order to choose one path, you have to turn down another. I feel that in order to operate better in this crazy world, you ought to let go of something. maybe it's debate. Maybe it's business club. Maybe it's something else. It isn't at all necessary to be good at everything, and the people who are icons of success are usually people who are good at only one or two things.
So, try to pick out only a few things you want to focus on, and make sure to give yourself at least an hour of waking time in which you are doing something which calms you.
The key is: simplification! You are not superman. You are not god. You are not even your classmates. You are yourself, and you have your own talent. Don't get complicated. Let yourself have some down time. you are more likely to do better that way anyways.
The problem is, I want to take the chance to do a lot of these things so that I don't have regrets later on. Tragic exclusion is difficult for me because of this attitude.
I decided to stop lessons with my art tutor until holidays start, but that's only a minor stress reducer. Debate isn't my favourite way to spend 1.5 hours on Tuesdays after school, but it teaches me skills I'd find useful in the future. Also, I paid the member fee for that And some people running debate team are all-around-good-at-everything people. They seem to sleep ok and have good time management.
As for down time, I'll need to mix that in with sleep time if I don't start managing my time better
Tldr but I can say that you need to find time to relax. I was driving myself crazy with all my projects, school, work, and my parents are in the process of moving 10 states away so I've been pretty stressed out. It ended up catching up with me and I've been sleeping pretty much non-stop for the past 3 days, and I feel like utter shit. So take care of yourself.
I can usually sleep 7 to 8 hours on weekends, but on weekdays, I'm lucky to have 6.5 hours. One Friday, my biological clock got fed up and I overslept and was late for school. I don't have it the worst though. Most students in Asia only sleep about 4 hours a night because of all the schoolwork. They can handle it, and sometimes I feel bad for complaining while I still get more sleep and less stress than they do. There's a part of me telling me to deal with it, and another part asking 'how'?